10 Ugly Cars That Were Actually Really Good

Certain cars just don’t look very good at all, but that doesn’t mean they’re not excellent at what they’re built to do!

Anything ugly will tend to attract a lot of hate, even if it’s actually very good. If it doesn’t please the eye then it is deemed as no good by most people. This applies to most things, including cars.

Over the years there have been some horrendous looking cars that actually are very good. They’re innovative, comfortable and one-hundred percent caused a stir in the car scene. It is questionable what the designers of these cars were thinking at the time as it was completely different from the engineers.  Here are 10 ugly cars that are actually very good indeed.

10-Porsche Panamera

Launched in 2009, it was Porsche’s first proper production sedan. It was sporty, fast, and had a great interior. But critics pointed out the looks – it looked like an elongated 911 and the rear of the car just did not look right. The front was too long and the rear too short, so the Panamera was completely disproportionate.

It’s a sporty car with engine examples being the 4.8-liter twin-turbo Turbo S model producing 562hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. It also sold quite well over the 7 years too, especially in American markets. It is, however, an extremely controversial sedan with 2014 Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller stating it’s not a very good-looking car according to Australian magazine motoring.

9-Jaguar XJ220

The Jaguar XJ220 is by far one of the best British drivers cars ever made. But it seriously is not a looker. It’s just too long, and the popup headlights don’t really pop out as such either. The XJ220 doesn’t look aggressive enough, despite it actually being an insanely hard car to drive. It’s a nice car that is just too long and doesn’t look exotic enough whatsoever. For the high price point, Jaguar could have done better.

Under the hood is a twin-turbo V6 pushing out 542hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. This thing was seriously quick then. The 0-60 took place in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 213mph. A serious car that only an expert could tame. However, for such a big cat, Jaguar could have made it look more a bit more aggressive.

8-McLaren Senna

The McLaren Senna is one thrill of a car. It is by far one of the best drivers cars from the last decade yet its driving experience comes at a cost of its looks. It looks like the car that Homer designed in the Simpsons. The controversial looks are all designed around downforce and science, so there is an excuse. Though, the 720s managed to look good and still keep a design that somewhat prioritizes downforce and performance.

The Senna is a beast powered by a 4.0 twin-turbo V8 pushing out 789hp and 560 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 took place in 2.8 seconds and flat out it hit 211 mph. The interior with its roof buttons was insane too. Just this car definitely had performance prioritized over design which isn’t a big deal to drivers but would this thing look great on a bedroom wall?

7-BMW G80/G82 M3 M4 Competition

Here are two brilliant cars with quite a controversial design. Both cars look ok at the side and rear but it is the front which really has had people scratching their heads. They look like pig nostrils. The grille is ridiculously huge and nobody had expected it to be on these cars. People thought BMW was joking when these original designs came out, but clearly not.

Under the hood is the new B58 producing 503hp and 479 lb-ft of torque. The new cars push to 60 in 3.9 seconds flat out hitting 180 mph. Great figures and even better with S-drive and an RWD manual option, plus a touring body too. Such a shame the face looks so weird though, you honestly can’t take it seriously.

6-Porsche 987 Cayman

The 987 Cayman is a fantastic little car. Mid-engined flat 6, reasonable power, stiff body, and also manual/PDK transmission options available. Yet it was never Porsche’s best design. The rear of the car looks like it has been rushed in comparison to the front. It looks as if Porsche has taken a Boxster, slapped a roof on it, and overnight it is a new car,

The body and design are quite rigid though which is why the 987 Cayman really can keep up with the older-sibling the 911. It is very light and a perfect sports car that has been on top of its competition since it came out, so it is obvious Porsche is doing most things right.

5-Fiat Multipla

Here is a really hideous car. How could something so ugly come out of Italy? Well, it did actually win Top Gear Car of the year award in 1999, so something must’ve been good?! The design is smart first of all. It’s smaller than all of its rivals yet inside it is bigger with one extra seat. With the engine out in front, it is also a lot safer, too.

The Multipla is perfect for families. Not that any family would want a car looking like that though. Older people enjoyed it, with lots of headroom and the upright driving position. It is a complete oddball but similar to the likes of McLaren with their Senna, Fiat has put practicality and engineering prior to looks.

4-Citroën 2CV

You may be thinking what on earth is this? Meet the Citroën 2CV, a car produced from 1948 till 1990 which is 42 years. It was a low-cost easy to maintain car from France deigned as a “people’s car.” Think of it as the French VW Beetle. This thing was hideous looking like a snail.

The performance is so high that it’s not worth mentioning anything but the 0-60 which was never as it only hit 42 mph. The 2CV really was a revolutionary to France and Africa as it was so cheap and sturdy. Nothing could break through this mighty little car. Nowadays just looking at it though, it is hard not to laugh.

3-BMW X6 G06

A good-looking car? Probably the worst looking SUV ever created. It is fast though, and the interior is sublime. The X6 G06 is by far the ugliest BMW currently on sale because it just looks so awkward. The rear has a completely different design agenda than the front, and it looks as if BMW is forcing their coupe design into something just too big.

Sure it is powerful with the X6 M pushing 617hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, but speed does not compensate for that hideous nose. The X6 just looks too big nowadays, that BMW is trying too hard with the design. The G06 is just too controversial.

2-Infiniti QX80

The Infiniti QX80 is a seriously weird SUV. What was Nissan thinking when designing this SUV? There is just too much going on design-wise with the QX80. As if there is a design feature in every corner of the body. The headlights are too small, the grille is too big, the rear window is too big, etc.

However, the QX80 is actually a good luxury SUV. Powered by a 400hp 5.6 liter V8 it is quite a beastly car. Compared to the QX56, the QX80 has gotten a lot of sharper and sportier as well as more luxurious in general.

1-Mini Coupe

Here is a really pointless car. Mini did not need to make this but they did. The Mini Coupe is not a stylish coupe at all and it looks as if they took a hatch, sliced the roof off, rear seats and rear windows, and placed some weird canopy roof on which is completely disproportionate.

It is a shame considering it handles better than the standard Mini. It is more aerodynamic and also all the same engines are featured on the coupe as they are on the hatch. But its looks are unacceptable and Mini really should have known better considering when the standard hatch is extremely stylish.


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